William Dobson

American foreign affairs journalist and author

William J. Dobson is a distinguished figure in international journalism and democracy advocacy, currently serving as the co-editor of the Journal of Democracy. With a robust background in media leadership, Dobson previously held key roles at NPR, Slate magazine, and Foreign Policy, where he shaped award-winning coverage of global events and expanded discourse on democracy and governance. An accomplished author, his book “The Dictator’s Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy” received critical acclaim and has been translated into multiple languages. Dobson’s extensive editorial contributions include prestigious publications such as the New York Times and the Washington Post, while his expert commentary has enriched discussions on international politics across major news networks. With a law degree from Harvard Law School and a Master’s degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard University, Dobson’s academic background complements his professional achievements, positioning him as a leading voice in the global dialogue on democracy, authoritarianism, and international relations.

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